Worse Guy by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Bee and the beast!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌏
Character development: 😤😠🙃😍😘
Narration Type: Dual Narration
The heroine: Bee – she was kidnapped from Earth and was a slave for 5 years and now is living on Risda 3, the sanctuary for human females. Bee is a very short human woman and has a Masaka boyfriend named Riffin. She goes to Lord Varin’s worker, Novis to ask for a job being a liaison between the Masaka and the human women, though Novis tells her if she works with the Crulden clone who is feral, then she can have the job she wants.
The Heroes: Crulden the Ruiner (Clone) – the original Crulden was a gladiator slave, the best gladiator in the galaxy who was known for killing his opponents in the most gory ways, raping women and more. The Crulden clones have some vague memories of the original Crulden and they know how to fight, though they are their own men as well. This Crulden clone remembers past cruel owners before being sold and somehow ending up in stasis on a ship with human women. He remembers his old master who made him fight and kill, he is caged and lives to hunt his captors.
The Story: Riffin didn’t want Bee to work with Crulden, but decided to let her try, because he was sure she would fail. Bee didn’t like the way both Riffin and Novis treated her, so she gives him the silent treatment. Bee wasn’t really attracted to Riffin, but agreed to date him and every time she tried to break it off with him, he convinced her to give him another chance. She decided to focus on her job.
We know from previous books that none of the people rescued from that spaceship are technically prisoners, but they didn’t know what to do with the Crulden clone, since Crulden was known to be a vicious killer. So they keep him in a cage and the guards don’t view him as a person. He is treated like an animal, chained up in a filthy cage and hosed off once in a while. Bee doesn’t blame him for attacking the guards after seeing how he is treated and wants to help him.
The premise of the story is good, though I didn’t really like Bee at the for much of the book. She didn’t really like or have any attraction to Riffin, but kept leading him around by the private parts, telling him she wanted time, but really planning on never following through with what he wanted. Granted, Riffin was kind of using her as well, for the status of having a human mate, but two wrongs don’t make a right. I just don’t like how she acted.
I did like the way the relationship between Bee and Crulden grew at a natural pace and how he smart he was despite how he started out. There is a good reason for him looking like an animal at the start, based on how he was kept and treated, not to mention his fangs and tusks. Also with his memories from the original Crulden who wanted only to win at everything and was taught to be vicious and brutal.
This story is told in dual points of via dual narration and was narrated by Ja’air Bush and Alexander Cendese. I like Alexander Cendese’s voice, it is nice and deep. Though I didn’t really like Ja’air Bush all that much. She sounded more like she was reading than many narrators, with short pauses between words and at the end of sentences. Her voice was strong and loud. I like a softer, more feminine voice for the female POV, though I did get used to her voice quickly.
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